Washington University Swimmers Recognized With CSCAA Scholar All-America Honors
St. Louis, Mo., July 16, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were both listed among the 2013 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Teams. In addition, 11 WUSTL student-athletes earned Individual Scholar All-America honors.
The Washington U. women’s team had a 3.43 team GPA during the 2012-13 academic year, which tied for 32nd among the 135 NCAA Division III Scholar All-America Teams on the list. The Washington University men’s team ranked tied for 15th out of 78 teams on the NCAA Division III Team Scholar All-America list with a team GPA of 3.36.
Eight members of the WUSTL women’s team earned Scholar All-America honors. Freshmen Grace Counts and Kristalyn McAfee, juniors Chi Pham and Allison Siegel, and sophomore Sara Taege each earned Scholar All-America First-Team honors. Freshman Hannah Lillioja, junior Grace Murray and freshman Amanda Stadermann were named to the Scholar All-America Honorable Mention. The Washington U. men were represented by juniors Brian Carpenter and Alex Cox, and freshman Kaisen Yao on the Scholar All-America Honorable Mention list.
The Team Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. To be named to the Individual Scholar All-America First Team, a student-athlete must have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the semester or cumulative average, and must have competed at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Honorable Mention Scholar All-America award is presented to student-athletes who achieved a minimum GPA of 3.50, either for the semester or cumulative average, and have achieved an NCAA ‘B’ time standard, but did not qualify to compete at the NCAA Championships.
The Washington U. women’s swimming team placed 12th in the team standings at the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, marking the highest finish for the Bears since 2008. The WUSTL men finished 21st with three top-six individual finishes.